MiniLD #40, hosted by Milo

Theme: The Real World

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Avoid the world

by Jorjon - Mini LD 40 Entry

You are overwhelmed every days with news about dead, sports, terrorism, hollywood, politics.

It's time to evade them.

The game will automatically load online newspapers around the world, and calculate what words are more frequent.

Then, those words will come out of the TV screen, directly to your brain.

Mouse only.
Sounds by BFXR and azimuth413@freesound.org
Fonts are FFF Forward and Birch Std.
All rest by me.

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Ratings

Theme4.00
Coolness65%
#10Audio2.88
#10Humor3.00
#15Innovation2.89
#19Overall2.89
#21Fun2.44
#21Mood2.44
#26Graphics2.33

Comments

BrianSChung says ...
Feb 26, 2013 @ 6:09pm

Your message is blunt to the point of absurdity, but that's a good thing. On another note, this is neat. How do you get the data from online newspapers? Were you using the API of some particular news-source?

Jorjon says ...
Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:09pm

Thanks for the compliment. I used RSS. I will post a post-mortem soon so stay tuned.

Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:28pm

The words being read from online newspapers is a neat idea, but somehow I always lose grip of the remote... maybe that's what happens when you have a beer too many ! :)
Also, I liked the announcer "... an afternoon of carnage..." XD !

dasrkrain says ...
Feb 28, 2013 @ 5:26am

Wow this one seemed a little depressing as well. The message was right though. TV will rot your brain! Anyway I would have liked to see the mechanics expanded and a little more robust. Maybe add powerup words that help you, or the ability to hold a word and then launch it at other words. Lots of potential there. Great job!

chinothemaker says ...
Feb 28, 2013 @ 10:00pm

I really enjoyed that one :D Great concept and well executed!

Jorjon says ...
Mar 1, 2013 @ 5:53am

Hey! Thanks for your comments! I made a quick and dirty post-mortem, addressing some of the stuff you said. Be sure to check it out!
http://wp.me/p30pBX-25

BipolarMike says ...
Mar 2, 2013 @ 12:15am

You hate the news just as much as I do! Great commentary on how negative the news is 95% of the time :)

Hayawi says ...
Mar 2, 2013 @ 3:22am

Fun to play, but after a while it gets kind of repetitive. May I suggest powerups of some kind, although I dont know how that would work :P

timtipgames says ...
Mar 2, 2013 @ 2:39pm

Nice take on the theme! I don't care so much about the gameplay being repetitive, but I would have liked to be better able to read the words that you pulled from the RSS feeds. Most of the time they are off the screen to fast to read them. I know that's better for my brain, but on the other hand the words are the most interesting part of the game for me. Neveretheless, nice to see how your Tet*** idea evolved into this :)

Madball says ...
Mar 4, 2013 @ 8:37am

1. Start the game
2. Right-click
3. Go drink some tea
4. Return back
5. Left-click
Woo! A highscore!

Spelchan says ...
Mar 6, 2013 @ 2:33am

Found the speed of the game a bit too fast to actually read the words that I was avoiding, but I suppose that is part of the point.

mrnannings says ...
Mar 6, 2013 @ 9:20pm

I like it. You followed the theme very good that why 5 stars

Jorjon says ...
Mar 18, 2013 @ 4:11am

I just reworked the game into Despair, following your awesome comments and ideas. Thanks to all! http://www.jorjon.com/despair/

Jorjon says ...
Mar 18, 2013 @ 4:12am

http://www.jorjon.com/games/despair is the correct URL.

goerp says ...
Mar 25, 2013 @ 8:15pm

Nice take on the theme and it works as a game as well, kicking the real world out of screen.
The static noise was a bit hard, but the the newsreader sounded perfect.

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